An Update from The Urban Challenge
18th May, 2020
Dear friends of The Urban Challenge,
I thought I’d write today to check in and give you a bit of an update. Firstly, let me just say that I truly hope that you and your families are well, and that you enjoy a nice safe return to ‘normal’ in the coming weeks and months.
As with everyone, we’ve had our challenges in the last couple of months, and the return to normal for us will certainly be a marathon, not a sprint, but we are all well and we are working hard to make the most of this quiet time. We are looking forward to being back, better than ever on the other side of all of this with The Urban Challenge 2.0.
We wrapped up our last program back on the 13th of March, and fortunately we were able to reschedule the bulk of our cancelled programs to later in the year. Obviously we continue to monitor things and liaise with all the relevant stakeholders, but at this stage we are planning a return to programs in August, gradually ramping up to a very busy Term 4. We have many rescheduled programs on top of what was an already busy period! Of course, we’ll only return to operations when eased restrictions allow, when our schools are happy to do so and we are convinced that we are able to do so safely.
We will also be making a decision about whether we'll be running our July Duke of Ed Adventurous Journeys (Urban Odyssey) by the end of May - and we will be in contact with all concerned to let them know.
We have developed a comprehensive COVID Safe Plan for our return to operations, and we’ve also developed a whole lot of great new programming to maximise our time in the beautiful open spaces that Sydney has to offer. We will certainly forward this plan as well as our amended programs to our schools as their program draws closer.
I wanted to take the time to thank our schools for their support, flexibility and understanding through all of this, we can’t wait to see you again soon. I also want to acknowledge our accommodation and activity partners for the work they have done to arrange rescheduling amidst what we know is a challenging time for them also.
We are also very grateful for the JobKeeper Program that has helped us to keep our staff employed and our team engaged throughout this long period until we’re up and running again. And we’re making the most of this time writing new modules and developing new activities to ensure that we have an amazing program ready for our schools when we return. Keep an eye on our social media and website and we’ll keep everyone updated with the new things we are rolling out.
We will certainly continue to keep everyone updated as our return to operations plans finalise, but please don’t hesitate to contact me directly with any questions at all.
On the upside, I hope you have enjoyed (as I have) the extra time at home with loved ones!
Paul Colagiuri - General Manager